TOP FIVE WEEK CONTINUES (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far)!!
I did a Top Five Zero Hour crossover issues last year, and my pal Loren wanted a follow-up piece, so here it is, a year and a half later!
Honestly, I think DC did a very nice job with their #0 issues as a whole. The Batman titles were enjoyable, as were the Superman titles. Superboy was fun, too. Sure, there were some stinkers mixed in, but overall, they were a lot of fun. I wish One Year Later was half as good.
A nice look at Tim and Dick’s relationship, and as a result of the Bat schedule of the time (where Robin was the last book of the month), it contained the beginning of the story with Dick Grayson becoming Batman for awhile.
Green Lantern #0
Interesting fight between Kyle and Hal.
Good look at the Spectre’s ACTUAL origin. I forgot to mention this one initially, but it certainly is worth a read.
5. Justice League Task Force #0
A strong introduction to the new team by Mark Waid and Christopher Priest. All the oddness and humor that the run would maintain even when Waid left (which was quite quickly, if I recall correctly).
4. Legion of Superheroes #0/Legionnaires #0
I count these two as one issue, as they were the intro to the post-ZH Legion, and Mark Waid did a marvelous job here on the reboot.
Waid needed to be note perfect, and he was.
If I only could pick one, I’d go with the Legion of Superheroes issue, as it was a better script, and also had stunning Immonen artwork.
3. R.E.B.E.L.S. #0
Tom Peyer’s revamp on L.E.G.I.O.N. was a load of fun right off the bat. This was a really fun series.
2. Starman #0
James Robinson’s Starman was a good series, and the first issue opened up with a bam! Almost quite literally…
1. Flash #0
This was one of Waid’s best issues on a Flash run that was really quite good (at least the first three years worth).
This is a touching trip through Wally West’s life.
Very nice work by Waid and the late, great Mike Wieringo.
Those are my picks!
Agree? Disagree? Let me know!